Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuna salad salad



I was looking for a salad that would appeal to both my tastes and those of my 7 year old. I assumed she wouldn't love tuna with blue cheese.....but I thought she would enjoy the classic combo of canned tuna and sweet relish. I was right! 

If I am only eating salad for lunch, I can eat an entire head of romaine on my own. If your appetite for salad is less robust, or if you are presenting this as a side dish, this can serve a few more people. 

Tuna Salad Salad 
Serves 1-4

Ingredients: 
1 head romaine, chopped, washed, and dried 
1 can tuna, drained
2-3 tbsp sweet pickle relish (or to taste)
2-3 tbsp blue cheese dressing (or to taste) (optional- substitute mayonnaise or any other dressing of your choice)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir to mix well. Top with cashews and crumbled cheese if desires. Serve immediately. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Crispy Pork Belly (Siu Yuk) on a Kamado grill

Guys, sometimes a recipe is just whatever I jot down after I'm done cooking...and sometimes, that has to be good enough, for now. Otherwise, I will lose the recipe, and all that hard work is wasted! So - Siu Yuk on a Kamado Joe. Enjoy.

Kamado-cooked Siu Yuk (Crispy Pork Belly)

Ingredients:
Pork belly, skin on
Powdered ginger
5 Spice powder
White pepper
Salt

Score the skin, or poke it several times with a knife. Rub the meat with seasonings, in order listed (ginger, 5 spice, white pepper, salt). Be generous!

Cook on a kamado grill over indirect heat at 250 for 1 hour. Move to direct heat and increase heat to 350. Watch carefully, cooking just until the skin is crispy.

Next time:
Rub the night before, and allow the meat to soak in the flavors.
Cook for at least 2 hours, until the meat is very tender.
Make sure the grill is set up for direct AND indirect grilling - I destroyed an oven kit moving my diffuser stone out of the way.


Guilt free Double Chocolate Cookies


Guilt Free Double Chocolate Cookies
Makes 16 cookies

Ingredients:
2 cups old fashioned oats
2 medium bananas
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips 

1. Blend the oats in a blender or food processor until ground to a course flour. 

2. Mash the bananas with the cocoa and vanilla until only a few small lumps remain. 

3. Combine oat flour with banana mixture and stir until just moistened. Add chocolate chips and fold to combine. 

4. Portion out onto a greased cookie sheet.  Cook at 350 for 9-12 minutes, or until just set. Enjoy warm or cold. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Breakfast "pizza"

This came together quickly and made a really satisfying lunch! 


Aunt LoLo's Breakfast "pizza"

Ingredients:
1 cup (100 g.) cauliflower, diced or grated (2 greens)
1 egg (1/3 lean)
2 oz. low fat mozarella, shredded (1/3 lean)
2 oz ham, chopped (1/3 lean)

In a cast iron skillet, stir fry the diced cauliflower until dry and just golden. Dump into a heat-resistant mixing bowl. Add 1 egg and stir to combine.  

Spray pan with Pam and dump your batter in. Spread it around until it is approximately 9" across. Cook over medium heat until cooked through, flipping it once. 

Remove to a plate, top with cheese and ham, and microwave 30-60 seconds, until cheese is melted. 

Enjoy! Serve with 1 cup of romaine lettuce to round out a balanced lean and green meal. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

MaMa's Garlic Sauce

My mother in law made this sauce the other night for a large family dinner as a second option for dipping boiled shrimp. It was marvelous, and a big hit! I sent the leftovers home with my sister, which (by Murphy's Law) meant my husband of course desperately needed Garlic Sauce for his lunch the next day. 

He survived without his Garlic Sauce, barely, and I celebrated by begging his mother to teach me how to make it that night. We now have a small jar of this on the counter, and life is good again. 

This would be excellent drizzled on tofu, cooked veggies, mashed potatoes, rice, chicken....you get the idea. 



MaMa's Garlic Soy Sauce 

Ingredients: 
1/8 cup oil
10 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup soy sauce 
3-4 teaspoons sugar (or to taste) 

In a small frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat. It is ready when a wooden chopstick or spoon stuck into the oil puts it bubbles. 

Remove from heat to let cool slightly. Test the oil by dropping a piece of the minced garlic in- if it sizzles and gently starts to cook, your oil is ready. (If it sizzles violently and immediately turns dark brown, your oil is too hot.) 

Add your chopped garlic to the oil in the pan, and put it back over medium-low heat until the garlic is fragrant and cooked through. Test it by fishing a piece out and trying it. It should be nutty, slightly sweet, and not bitter or overly spicy. 

Remove from heat, allow to cool, and pour your garlic oil into a glass container. When completely cool, add soy sauce. Finish the sauce by stirring in sugar, to taste, about 3-4 teaspoons. 


Enjoy! 

Turkey "Pasta" Casserole



This meal was what happened when I wanted to do a simple pasta bake for the family...while still being able to stick to my low-carb meal plans. Turns out, cauliflower is an incredible substitute for most starches - noodles, breads, rice, mashed potatoes, etc. There are a lot of ways to prepare it, and each more delicious than the last!

To chop the cauliflower quickly, with zero mess, I used my Vitamix blender. I filled the canister half full of cauliflower, topped it off with water, pushed it to medium speed, and turned it off nearly immediately. The result was finely diced cauliflower that cooked quickly in my sauce.



Enjoy!


Aunt LoLo's Turkey "Pasta" Casserole
Serves 6
(Each serving equals 1 Lean, 3 Green, .33 Condiments)

Ingredients:
24 oz. ground turkey (measured AFTER cooking and draining) (4 Lean)
29 oz. canned tomatoes with their juice, pureed (6.5 Green)
8 oz. low-fat mozzarella cheese (2 lean)
20.25 oz. cauliflower, finely chopped (11.5 green)
4 wedges Lite Laughing Cow Cheese (4 healthy fats)
Salt & Pepper to Taste
1 tsp. smoked paprika (1 condiment)
1 tsp. granulated garlic (1 condiment)

1. In a skillet, brown your turkey. Drain and measure out what you need for your casserole. Set any extra aside for another meal.

2. Return meat to the pan, add your pureed tomatoes, cauliflower, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and granulated garlic.

3. Cook over low heat until the flavors are well blended, about 20-30 minutes.

4. Add your Laughing Cow cheese and stir to combine.

5. Sprinkle with mozzarella, cover, and cook on low until the cheese is melted. (Optional - stir the cheese in, if you like.)

Enjoy!

PS - I told my kids this was Pizza Soup, and they enjoyed it quite a bit. *Grin*

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Chinese five spice pulled pork

Inspired by a recent obsession into all things kamado (a type of ceramic charcoal grill), I put together an Asian-fusion pulled pork tonight in the crockpot. The results were delicious- moist, flavorful, and delicious. Enjoy! 
(This recipe works as a lean in a low-carb diet. I added no sugar to the rub. I added a large Caesar salad on the side to make it a complete Lean and Green meal.) 

I used a "Crock-Pot Pork Roast." Not entirely sure what made it different, other than some slow cooker-specific directions on the back. 

Aunt LoLo's Chinese Five Spice Pulled Pork

Ingredients:
1 medium sized pork roast
1/4 cup Chinese five spice powder (mine was a blend of orange, clove, cinnamon, anise, and ginger)
Salt, to taste

Place your roast in the cooker and dump your seasoning on. Use your hands to pat the rub into the meat, covering all sides. If you have a rack for your cooker, put the meat on a rack. Add 1" of water to the pot and cook on high 4-6 hours (6 if frozen), until it is fall-apart tender. 

Remove to large bowl and shred with two fork. Season to taste with salt. 

Serve with rice and/or veggies. 

Enjoy!